Wendy’s in Japan is a completely different beast than it is in America. Well, much of the product is the same… there’s just two locations. It’s less of a beast and more of mewling cat, but they’ve gotten a fair amount of attention for some of the promotional sandwiches they’ve done.
Much of the standard stuff at Wendy’s in Japan is recognizable to Americans. Bacon cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, Cokes, the infamous Chili, and even the traditional Frosty is in abundance.
The Frosty is in such abundances that they’ve stretched beyond what America has to offer. Waffle cones are a standard option in Japan, and even a strawberry Frosty (with whipped topping and strawberry glaze) is available. It took years for America to realize a vanilla Frosty would be delicious, and yet Japan’s leapfrogged us with a strawberry. If anything, Japan does not have the Strawberry Shortcake Frosty Parfait, Chocolate Frosty Shake, Classic Frosty Float, and Oreo Frosty Parfait that have recently shown in America. Sticking with traditonal Japanese snacks, though, is an Irina Rolled Cake. What, exactly, is a Irina Rolled cake? It’s actually hard to deduce, but it seems likely that Irina is a flavor or brand, and rolled cake looks as if a sushi roll was made with cake ingredients; cake replacing rice, filling replacing fish. It looks delicious.
Japanese Wendy’s burgers go a little beyond Baconating. Fois gras rossini, avocado, mushroom gravy, and their classic chili top burgers tale the stage. While the Baconator does exist, and Japan’s tradition of making a shrimp patty is ever prevalent, two burgers breaking over $10 (in US money) have garnered our attention in America. Caviar & Lobster is the first, looking exactly like it sounds. Diced and sliced lobster with a dash of caviar on a hamburger bun will run you 1280 yen. Lobster Surf & Turf will toss the sliced lobster on top of a hamburger patty for the same yen.
There’s not too much in Japan that stands out, but given that there’s only two locations, Wendy’s doesn’t have a whole country to blanket with a few oddities. Still, if you find yourself in the country, go ahead and try the Caviar & Lobster burger, just to say you’ve had caviar on a Wendy’s hamburger.